Between this Wednesday and Christmas Day, seven films will open wide in movie theaters, five major specialty titles will get a limited release, and four more specialty films already in theaters will expand. Instead of “Star Wars” driving the overwhelming majority of box office business as has been the case for the past three years, a menagerie of movies will try to combine to replicate the impact that “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and “The Last Jedi” have had on the end-of-year charts.
And of the seven wide releases, three are expected to take center stage, starting with:
“Mary Poppins Returns”
The past two holiday seasons have yielded two hit musicals: “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.